cumbrous

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From cumber + -ous.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

cumbrous (comparative more cumbrous, superlative most cumbrous)

  1. Unwieldy because of its weight; cumbersome.
    He sunk beneath the cumbrous weight. — Swift.
    That cumbrous and unwieldy style which disfigures English composition so extensively. — De Quincey.
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, ch. 1
      In the course of thousands of years, this cumbrous system developed into alphabetic writing.
  2. (obsolete) Giving trouble; vexatious.
    A cloud of cumbrous gnats. — Spenser.